Why I Decided to Switch Up My Eye Makeup Remover

Posted 11/30/10 at 04:35PM by Audrey Fine

When I was 11, my mom bought me a bunch of skin products. A cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer --all of which were waiting for me when I got home from school one day. Then she sat me down and stressed the importance of having a good skin care regimen and taught me how to use each one.

Then, when I was 16 and (finally!) allowed to wear (some) cosmetics, she did the same thing with eye makeup remover.

Because those two events were so memorable to me, I wanted to do the same for my daughter. So, a couple of years ago we had the "complexion conversation," and just last weekend we discussed makeup remover. So my kid's 13 and wears eye makeup. Sue me. (Though my mom might very well beat you to it.)

The point of this post isn't to encourage you to do the same with your offspring, rather, it's to illustrate this fact that hit home for me, which is that I've been spending way too much money on eye makeup remover.

Seriously. I've been dropping 25 bucks on Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover for decades just because it became sort of rote for me after a while. But, as I learned last week when I schooled the teen, CoverGirl Clean Makeup Remover for Eyes & Lips, $4.39 works just as well, is much less oily and costs about a fifth of the price of my old standby. Plus, it removes lipstick too!

Lesson learned. And don't think I'm not second-guessing a bunch of other products in my medicine cabinet as a result.

How 'bout you? What products do you spend a lot on that you don't really have to? And, are there some that are absolutely worth the splurge? Here's my list of the outrageously expensive products I buy that, to me anyway, are worth every last nickel.
And the survey says...
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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 09:14am

    Big drop in price on the makeup remover, good for you!

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 03/26/11 at 05:32pm

    Aww that's sweet of your mom! I think it helps girls to have their moms help easing them into makeup and skincare. I personally prefer to use makeup wipes (Clean and Clear's oil free) followed by bar soap to get off all of my makeup and sunscreen.

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 02:25pm

    awesome I wish my mom had done that for me, would have saved me a lot of trouble!

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  • Posted by Isis04 on 02/13/11 at 10:04pm

    Ponds Cold Cream is an oldie but goodie!

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  • Posted by Aranza on 01/11/11 at 01:50am

    Also, the Target brand works miracles. But i gues it is supposed to be a dupe to Neutrogena, like $2 cheaper.

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  • Posted by dawnrager on 01/10/11 at 10:01am

    Hmm... I've always used the store brand Neutrogena eye makeup remover, but the CoverGirl one sounds like it's about a $1.00 cheaper! I may give it a try. Thanks.

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